Texas Woman Forced To Remove Body Piercing With Pliers At Airport
Mandi Hamlin, who claims an airport security agent forced her to remove her nipple ring with pliers before boarding an airplane, demonstrates at a Los Angeles news conference what she did.
A Texas woman who says she was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers at an airport security checkpoint wants an apology from federal security agents.
Mandi Hamlin says she was trying to board a flight from Lubbock to Dallas last month when she passed through the metal detector without problem. But she says when she was screened with a handheld detector, the device beeped.
Hamlin says she told the agent she had her nipples pierced, and offered to show a female agent in private, but a male agent said the jewelry would have to be removed.
Hamlin is now being represented by Gloria Allred, a well-known Los Angeles lawyer who often represents high-profile claims.
"There was no justification for the TSA officers to demand that Ms. Hamlin take out her piercings," says Allred. "TSA's policies which are posted up on the TSA websit make it clear that a pat down is the appropriate action to take when dealing with such piercings."
TSA officials say they are investigating Hamlin's allegations to see if its policies were followed.